President Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan said
on Friday in Lagos that victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the
upcoming general elections would free Lagos residents from oppression.
He stated this when the leaders of market women groups,
"Iyalojas", in Lagos and environs, paid him a solidarity visit at the
State House, Marina, Lagos.
Jonathan, who was reacting to the complaint of
high-handedness and witch-hunting made by the market women against the All
Progressives Congress (APC)-led Lagos state government.
He told the market women, and indeed, all traders in the
country that the PDP administration would provide the enabling environment for
them to ply their trades.
"Our victory at the polls will free all Lagos traders from
oppression. You need to be free; we will remove Lagos from bondage,’’ he
He commended the women for supporting his re-election bid
and urged them not to be intimidated by their opponents.
"I have listened to you; you have been carrying the PDP
flag; you have been humiliated but you still marched on.
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"Thank you for working hard for PDP; this is the final
struggle and time for us to use all our strength to achieve victory,’’ he said,
adding that the country belonged to every Nigerian.
"If we struggle and win Lagos state, everybody will do his
business without being harassed or intimidated,’’ the president added.
Earlier, the leader of the market women, Hajia Aminat
Hussein, had told the president that they had stood behind PDP since its
inception but regretted that the members suffered harassment under in Lagos
She said that in spite of the attempts by APC "to buy
over many of the market women", the women would mobilise themselves in the
state and in other states to ensure victory for the president.
"We are promising you that you will not lose in Lagos; this
coming election is for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and God is with you,’’ she
Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for
Defence, who accompanied the group, told the president that the group was
working to tell the world that the ruling party in Lagos "are not
"These women are more concerned about the reality than news
in the social media. APC will be shocked on Election Day; we believe in our
"I do not know of any president that is as humble as
Jonathan. If you have such a man as president your interest will be
protected,’’ Obanikoro said.
He said that the North had served as president for so many
times, and that the West had taken its turn "and the only president
elected from South-South which provides the country with its wealth, should be
allowed to complete his tenure".